Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) held a press conference this week in which he criticized the effort to hold a special session of the state legislation regarding the actions of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D) in her prosecution of former President Donald Trump. The governor’s statement led to further criticism from the state senator behind the effort.
Kemp’s statements came as state Sen. Colton Moore (R) called for an emergency session to review Willis’ conduct. Kemp stated that he had “not seen any evidence” that Willis’ “actions or lack thereof warrant action by the prosecuting attorney oversight commission.”
In July, the state enacted a law in which prosecutors could be removed or censured due to misconduct in office.
As long as I’m governor, we are going to follow the law and the Constitution, regardless of who it helps politically,” Kemp said.
Moore argued that the country is “under attack. I’m not going to sit back and watch as radical left prosecutors politically TARGET political opponents.”
Kemp’s determination was criticized by Moore, who wrote in a statement that the governor was “not being honest with the people of Georgia. He is allowing his disdain for President Trump to cloud his judgment.”
Kemp and Trump disagreed on several major issues, including the result of the 2020 election in Georgia. Trump backed former Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) in a primary challenge against Kemp in 2022.
Moore said that he encouraged Kemp to “read the Georgia Constitution,” which he said justified an emergency session.
Georgia State Senator @realColtonMoore releases a statement, calling on Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to “read the Georgia Constitution” to call for an emergency session pic.twitter.com/s4pbd9kAnb
— Stephanie Myers (@_StephanieMyers) August 31, 2023
The state senator also called Willis “corrupt” and asked Kemp when he would “stand with the people of Georgia and convene the emergency session that your constituents are demanding?”
This week, the former president pleaded not guilty to the Fulton County charges against him.
His campaign said that “President Trump continues to fight against the partisan, un-American tactics of Fani Willis, which are wrongfully designed to deprive President Trump of his Federal and Georgia State Constitutional rights, including, among others, the bedrock right to Due Process,”